Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from corporate executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session. It is strongly recommended that those requesting counseling complete an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Jan 17 | Free LinkedIn Photos and LinkedIn Profile Workshop | Debbie Dodson & Durban Rhame


Your social media identity is a critical part of job search, so launch the social media portion of your 2019 job search with a spruced up LinkedIn profile and a polished, professional, up-to-date headshot, compliments of Durban Rhame! Durban is generously lending his portrait photography skills and several years of semi-pro photography experience to CTF jobseekers free of charge, so don't forget to look your best for this session - come well-groomed and dressed professionally. 


Our guest speaker, Debbie Dodson, will guide a LinkedIn Profile Workshop while photographs are being taken, so bring your laptop and resume and be prepared to work on revisions during the majority of the session. We’ll discuss some basic best practices for profile composition, then break into working groups where you’ll have a chance to work on your profile and get it critiqued.


Debbie Dodson is a marketing communications specialist. Heading up Dodson Communications, she provides writing, consulting/coaching, and social media services for individuals and organizations. This includes advising on social media best practices and how to leverage LinkedIn for your job search.


If you have not yet attended a CTF class this session, which began on January 10th, please be sure to arrive PRIOR to 9:30am so you can complete the fee waiver form and participate in the LinkedIn photo shoot. Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Numbers will be assigned upon arrival, then photos will be taken in numerical order.



Jan 24 | Mike Hall | Your Options for Business Ownership


Are you unsure about returning to the corporate world? Should you be thinking about climbing the corporate ladder...or creating a new one? Come join us as Michael Hall, owner of FranNet Carolina and Empire Business Brokers, advises us on how to search for and evaluate franchise and other business opportunities. Mike has placed hundreds of new business owners through the Carolinas over the last 25 years, and his insights can help you better understand your options.


During his discussion, Mike will explore various options for business ownership: starting your own business, buying a re-sale business, buying a franchise, and absentee vs. fulltime ownership. He will discuss potential risks, advantages vs. disadvantages, start-up costs and financing options, and making a safe and affordable decision. Hope to see you there!



Jan 31 | No CTF session on this date



Feb 7 | Financial Pitfalls for Job Seekers | Spencer Prince


Don't miss CTF when Spencer Prince from the Foundation for Financial Education (F3E) will discuss vitally important financial questions and problems we encounter in our everyday lives. F3E has helped thousands of individuals become more fiscally fit by exploring the main areas of concern in their own financial situations. This can be especially important when dealing with loss of regular income due to unemployment!


Spencer’s presentation will address the following critical topics: 
1) Defining the 3 stages of your financial life – growth, income / distribution, and conservation
2) Planning for “what ifs” of life (college, retirement, disability, death, inflation, economy)
3) The importance of tax strategies 
4) General advice on the significance of early financial and retirement planning 


Spencer Prince is the Community Relations Coordinator for Raleigh-Durham with the Foundation for Financial Education. Born and raised in California, Spencer graduated from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Academy and served as a Law Enforcement Officer for 10 years. In 2006, Spencer founded the Provident Retirement Group in Apex, NC, where he constantly keeps abreast of the latest products and strategies to preserve and protect the wealth of his clients.



Feb 14 | Advisory Panel Q&A: Best Practices in Job Search, Networking, & Interviewing


Enjoy this informative panel discussion with CTF's team of career advisors: Al Rankin, Peter Large, Joy Hodge, Prashant Pandya, and Claire Boland - offering a wealth of knowledge in job search strategies, networking activities, and interview preparation.


Our advisors are available to CTF members for individual consultation on the specific challenges and obstacles you are dealing with during transition. This panel Q&A discussion is a wonderful opportunity to acquaint yourself with this prestigious group of executives possessing a wealth of knowledge on hiring practices of local Fortune 500 companies, and they are offering their time and insights 'pro bono.' Come prepare with questions so you can take advantage of this rare opportunity!



Feb 21 | Chauncey Zalkin | Get Clear on Your Vision, Your Dreams, and Your Brand!


Get a fresh perspective on how to market yourself during this insightful session featuring Chauncey Zalkin; a published writer, serial creative entrepreneur, and ad agency brand strategist. Chauncy has lived in New York, Paris, Biarritz, Barcelona, Miami, and South Carolina. She’s written for 13 publications, was nominated for a Webby with her company ‘Girl on the Street’ that was also featured in Teen People, the NY Post and others.


Chauncey was lauded for her entrepreneurship in The Daily News after 9/11, has worked on brands globally, and has written a novel. With her company, What Women Make, she hosted and curated 10 award-winning female industrial designers and artists from 6 countries across 3 continents at the London Design Festival as a part of DesignersBlock. Her passion is writing and editing but also loves to use her skills to help creative brands with their marketing.


Chauncey currently works as a Creativity Coach in South Carolina, where she now lives with her husband and twin daughters. She helps people get clear on their vision aligned with their dreams and helps them chart the course on how to achieve those dreams. Her work is geared specifically toward the needs of creatives as well as the creative needs of professionals who want to start taking their creativity seriously for a more meaningful engagement in their work and life.






Trinity Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!


This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 

What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni


Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni

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